National RES Las Vegas 2014 is coming up at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas! Save The Date: March 17th – 20th, 2014. The 28th Annual National Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas will feature respected tribal leaders, state, and local elected officials and top CEO’s, networking, teaming opportunities, business development sessions, the largest American Indian Trade Show and an American Indian Procurement expo as well as special forums to help grow opportunities for your business and much more. REGISTER at: www.ncaied.org
“Wide-Ranging Business Opportunities, Economic Development, Innovation, Scholarships and an Awards Gala Align for the Reservation Economic Summit Arizona (RES Arizona)”
Mesa, Ariz. – October 17, 2013 – Business is booming in Indian Country – and the Reservation Economic Summit Arizona (RES Arizona), October 22-24, 2013 being held in Chandler, Arizona at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino is poised to push it to even greater heights.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is the most firmly established national, non-profit organization in Indian Country, having been solely dedicated to developing American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership for 45 years. The National RES, its signature event, is the largest and longest running American Indian business event in the nation. It is also the NCAIED’s annual fundraising event, helping to support its various programs and initiatives throughout Indian Country. RES Arizona is part of the expansion of the NCAIED’s highly successful National RES into regionally focused, nationally attended and relevant events throughout the nation.
Last year, the first Regional RES, “RES Oklahoma”, happened in November at the Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was sponsored by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and Cherokee Nation Businesses. This past June “RES California” took place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California and was sponsored by Chukchansi, Inc. and the Native American Financial Services Association. “RES Arizona” will serve as NCAIED’s third Regional RES and is being sponsored by Chukchansi, Inc. and the Gila River Indian Community.
RES Arizona will feature respected tribal leaders, state and local elected officials, top CEO’s, the National Center’s “Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition”, the 38th Annual Indian Progress in Business (INPRO) Awards multiple networking opportunities, a leadership seminar, teaming opportunities, a business development expo, procurement expo, business trade show, the 5th Annual “Native American 40 Under 40″ Awards, American Indian artisans, Tribal Business Leaders Forum, National Center Energy Forum and much more. RES Arizona will also include the RES Arizona Golf Tournament to be held at the beautiful and award-winning Whirlwind Golf Resort.
RES Arizona will premiere the NCAIED’s “Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition” wherein both “start up” and “established” Native American businesses (wholly owned by an enrolled member of any State or Federally recognized Tribal Nation, Alaska Native or Canadian First Nations), from across North America, will compete for the chance to win a $20,000 cash award from the NCAIED.
Gary Davis, the president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, has contributed to National RES for the past decade as a vendor, its host and emcee and as a former NCAIED board member. The expansion of NCAIED’s Reservation Economic Summit’s are part of a proactive approach to business in Indian Country – which includes, among other visions, the idea that the power of the NCAIED’s National RES could be grown by way of its regional summits throughout the year.
By Gary Davis President & CEO, The National Council for Native American Enterprise Development (NCAIED)
Many Americans have never been to a Native American reservation. They’re often geographically isolated and underdeveloped, perpetually left off the various lists of tourism destinations. With sparse and scattered populations, tribal governments have faced many obstacles in exploring economic development, including high unemployment and infrastructural deficiencies. This creates a cycle of poverty and dependence that has continued for decades.
To break this cycle, tribes have worked long and hard to solve their shared problems, taking action when possible to bring development resources to their reservations. Every step forward has been a step toward strengthening our institutions of tribal government and creating strong partnerships with other governments and business partners. These partnerships are important to our well-being as we move forward.
On occasion, tribal lands are close enough to a commercial hub that we can operate a successful casino, hotel, or conference center, but this is too often the exception to the rule. Most tribal communities face far harsher economic circumstances – our enrolled populations are too small and isolated, making land-based stores and businesses unsustainable. We are too far from population centers, making visitors from elsewhere unlikely. And for decades, we’ve existed without the major infrastructural investments needed to solve our recurring problems, creating cycles of poverty, unemployment, and economic depression. Tribal governments have struggled with ways to address our isolated locations; E-commerce has emerged as a very viable solution to reaching beyond these geographical limitations.
The NCAIED, the largest Indian-specific business organization in the nation, works to expand economic opportunities in Indian country. Nowhere has this expansion been more notable in recent years than in the growth of E-commerce as an economic sector with the potential to bring economic opportunity to even the most remote tribal lands and reservations.
The Internet has the potential to become the great equalizer across Indian Country since it transcends geography. However, with Internet access on reservation and tribal lands at only ten percent, we still have a long way to go. In spite of these obstacles, tribal governments have begun to develop sophisticated E-commerce ordinances and regulatory oversight for these new enterprises. This governmental activity is a breakthrough for tribal governments and creates an unquestionable opportunity that all of Indian Country can benefit from.